Hear about travel to Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula as the Amateur Traveler talks to tour guide Mareth Griffith about her adopted home.
The Kenai Peninsula is located near Anchorage and is an area about one and a half times the size of the state of Maryland.
Mareth says, “it’s big enough that there’s a lot of variety and different things you can see and do there, but also small enough that you can get to all the different locations you want to go with reasonable driving times. When exploring Alaska, you really just have to pick one spot to focus on for most trips because it’s just so massive and many of the places in Alaska are very difficult, expensive, or time-consuming to get to and from. There’s a lot to see, and it’s very easy to do a self-directed trip in the Kenai because there are roads and because you can travel by car.”
“Many people’s perspective of a trip to Alaska is that you’re going to go to the inside passage and or you’re going to go to Denali or you go and do a cruise, and you fly up to Denali, which are both excellent destinations. But if you’re trying to do an independent trip where you are not just on a boat or a bus that someone else is driving, there can be real logistical hurdles in either one of those places. Where the Kenai Peninsula is more amenable to independent-minded travelers.”
We start in Seward, where Mareth directs us to some of her favorite hikes, like an easy stroll to the Exit Glacier or in Canes Head State Park near Seward or the more strenuous hike up the Harding Icefield Trail. She tells us why we should take a longer boat tour from town to get into the beautiful Kenai Fjords National Park, where we will see whales and tidewater glaciers.
She tells us the best spot to get some Alaskan King crab in town, and also why we should not miss the local Alaska Sealife Center.
From Homer, she gets us on a water taxi across the bay to Kachemak Bay State Park, where we can stay at simple places or at fancy resorts like the Tutka Bay Lodge.
For people who have the money and what to see bears and salmon and bears catching salmon, she has us fly down to Katmai National Park when the salmon are running. You better plan in advance (and start saving now) for that trip.
Elsewhere on the peninsula, she tells us the best places to fish, to see moose or beluga whales. She recommends we get out on some of the lakes for a float trip or a fishing trip or we tackle the six-mile creek for a class five rafting experience.
Whether you are kayaking by a glacier, hiking one of the many trails, or just looking at wildlife from the deck of a plush hotel, there is much to do in this corner of Alaska.
William H. Seward
Alaska Purchase (Seward’s Folly)
Kenai Fjords National Park
Alaska Sealife Center (Seward)
Alaska Sealife Center Encounter Tours
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Harding Icefield Trail Map
Caines Head State Recreation Area
Ray’s Waterfront (Seward restaurant)
Chinooks Waterfront Restaurant (Seward)
Home Alaska Art Map
Kachemak Bay State Park
Tutka Bay Lodge
Brook’s Lodge (Katmai National Park)
Katmai National Park
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Seaview Cafe (Hope)
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